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Libraries in the Future. Presented by Joan Frye Williams [email protected] 2009 CALTAC Workshop. Times are tough. But we can’t just hunker down. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Alan Kay. +. Time is scarce. Netflix-style circulation. Automatic book dispensers.

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Libraries in the future

Libraries in the Future

Presented by Joan Frye Williams

[email protected]

2009 CALTAC Workshop




The best way to predict the future is to create it alan kay
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Alan Kay


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Coaching with online forms
Coaching with online forms

Strategic Direction 4: From frill to necessity



Recombinant resources
Recombinant resources

  • Mainstream data formats

  • Easy import/export/snip

  • Toolbars, gadgets, widgets, APIs







Learning and play are two sides of the same coin
Learning and play are two sides of the same coin



Planning decision making and communication take place in real time
Planning, decision-making, and communication take place in real time


Activities buzz
Activities buzz

Live circulation activity

e.g. Yorba Linda book feed

Instant online help

e.g. Topeka Meebo popup

Live program excerpts





The idea laboratory
The idea laboratory

A place to TRY new things:

  • Book art studio

  • Media production facility

  • New technology showcase

  • Small business incubator


We only get one earth so we d better take good care of it
We only get one Earth, so we’d better take good care of it



Being strategic about all of this futureproofing moves
Being strategic about all of this:“Futureproofing” moves




From altruism to return on investment
From altruism to return on investment



From a focus on the past to a focus on the future
From a focus on the past to a focus on the future







Public library roles for tomorrow and beyond
Public library roles for tomorrow and beyond…

  • Entry point

  • Promoter and advocate

  • Convener

  • Partner/collaborator/facilitator

  • Communicator

  • Good example

  • Laboratory

  • Economic engine



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